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Braley Applauds $59 Million in Grants for Rural Electric Cooperatives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:34

Loans will help improve electrical infrastructure across Iowa

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today applauded news that the Maquoketa Valley Rural Electric Cooperative and the Corn Belt Power Cooperative have been approved for over $59 million in guaranteed loans by the US Department of Agriculture.

The Maquoketa Valley Rural Electric Cooperative has been approved for a $3,250,000 loan that will be used to build and improve hundreds of miles of distribution lines across Iowa, including smart grid projects. The Corn Belt Power Cooperative has been approved for a $55,788,000 loan that will allow the cooperative to begin generation system improvements, as well as environmental improvement projects.

“These loan guarantees will modernize and improve the electric grid, creating jobs now and helping to spur economic growth across rural Iowa in the future,” Braley said.  “Improving Iowa’s infrastructure is a big job. Today’s announcement will make this job possible, while at the same time creating opportunities for Iowans involved in upgrading the infrastructure across the state.”

 

The guaranteed loans are backed by the Federal Financing Bank and approved by Rural Development, a division of the US Department of Agriculture.

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Loebsack Announces More than $2.7 Million for Community Development and Housing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:34

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today $2,763,341 in funding for housing development in Davenport and Iowa City.  The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and HOME program.

“This HUD funding will assist communities in Davenport and Iowa City with providing affordable, quality housing to those who are struggling,” said Loebsack. “As someone who grew up in poverty, I believe we need to ensure an adequate safety net is in place for Iowans, particularly those who are getting back on their feet in these difficult economic times.  This funding will provide better opportunities to succeed for many in eastern Iowa, as well as support economic growth and greater prosperity in Iowa communities.”

The CDBG program helps develop more viable communities by investing in local economic development projects and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals.  The HOME program helps to increase the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to fund housing and development initiatives that meet local needs and priorities.

Details of the funding are below:

$1,328,125 – Davenport (CDBG)

$410,918 – Davenport (HOME)

$638,918 – Iowa City (CDBG)

$385,380 – Iowa City (HOME)

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Loebsack Hosts Telephone Town Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:46

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will host a Telephone Town Hall TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 10th at 7pm CDT.  Loebsack will take questions and talk with Iowans about the issues that matter to them.  People interested in participating in the call are urged to visit http://Loebsack.house.gov to sign up.

“Hearing from directly from constituents is critical to my job,” said Loebsack.  “Please join me for a conversation about the issues that matter most to you and your family.”

Congressman Loebsack Hosts Telephone Town Hall

 

Tuesday, July 10th

7pm CDT

To register, visit http://loebsack.house.gov/ and click the Teletown Halls sign up icon on the right hand side of the website.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Friday, July 6, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Monday, 09 July 2012 12:14

CHICAGO – July 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 222

An Act Concerning: Government

Expands the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP) to include a searchable database of all current and future county, township and municipal employees sorted by the employing unit of local government, employment position title, current pay rate and year-to-date pay.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

 

Bill No.: HB 411

An Act Concerning: State Government

Gives the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) authority to apply for and accept any funds or resources made available for assistance with outreach activities and staffing assistance for boards and commissions under the purview of IDOL.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 930

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Provides that an Illinois law enforcement agency or an Illinois political subdivision may not accept federal funding the purpose of which is to establish motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 2562

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Changes the composition of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board to increase the membership from 19 to 20, including the removal of one of the three chiefs of a municipal police department and the addition of one member of a statewide sheriffs’ organization and one member of a statewide police chiefs’ organization.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3129

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Creates a fund for the state to disburse prepaid wireless surcharge revenues to the city of Chicago.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

Bill No.: HB 3934

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Requires posting of Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit Act agreements on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3948

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to exempt police emergency equipment from the definition of “commercial motor vehicle.”

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3950

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Permits condominium boards of managers to negotiate Internet pricing for all residents.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

 

Bill No.: HB 4003

An Act Concerning: Health

Provides that certain Department of Human Services’ (DHS) forms will be published on DHS’ website.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4037

An Act Concerning: Health

Permits a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) to be designated as a temporary facility director at a mental health or developmental disabilities facility.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4116

An Act Concerning: Finance

Requires every member of the investment advisory panel to the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Fund to file statements of economic interests.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4468

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Permits the 10 percent spending limit from the Illinois Fire Fighters’ Memorial Fund to be exceeded for emergency repairs related to the structural stability of the Illinois Fire Fighters Museum, with approval of a majority of the members of the Illinois Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

Bill No.: HB 4492

An Act Concerning: Government

Designates the Illinois Saint Andrew Society Tartan as the official state tartan.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4514

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Permits county recorders to store documents electronically.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4562

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Permits a park district board to appoint an assistant secretary and assistant treasurer, and allows them to perform the duties of the secretary or treasurer, respectively, if either is unable to do so.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4570

An Act Concerning: Finance

Lowers the threshold for overdue items placed in the Comptroller’s Offset System (COS) from $1,000 to $250. Exempts State Universities from the lowered threshold. Requires debt placed in the COS to be submitted electronically.  Designates a procedure for written protest. Requires the Comptroller’s Office to deduct a processing charge from certain debts in the COS.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5195

An Act Concerning: State Government

Permits the Illinois Finance Authority and the Department of Commerce Economic Opportunity to continue working together on energy efficiency projects.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1047

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Requires the clerk of the circuit court in any county that imposes a court automation fee to charge an additional $10 operations fee for probation and court services operations.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

Bill No.: SB 2528

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Permits motorcyclists to proceed straight through a red light after a reasonable period of time not less than 120 seconds.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3409

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Permits drivers to move their vehicles from the scene of a minor accident to a safer location.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

 

Bill No.: SB 3670

An Act Concerning: State Government

Provides that State Active Duty National Guard members are to be paid commensurate with all members of the United States armed forces of like grade and longevity.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

Bill No.: SB 3671

An Act Concerning: State Government

Revises the duties of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3722

An Act Concerning: Elections

Makes changes to the Election Code including the addition of independent expenditure committees and the creation of a pilot program on college campuses for the 2012 general election.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

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Loebsack Announces More Than $47,000 for Battlefield Preservation in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 09 July 2012 12:06

National Park Service awarded a $47,150 grant for dig

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

Mayor Bill Gluba

Friends of Credit Island

WHAT Press conference to discuss the recent announcement that the City of Davenport received funding from the National Park Service to perform an archeological dig at Credit Island.

WHERE Credit Island Pavilion

Davenport

WHEN TODAY, Saturday, July 7th

2:00pm

WHY Credit Island is one of the westernmost battles of the War of 1812. It was on this island in 1814 that Brevet Major Zachary Taylor was defeated by British allied Sauk and Black Hawk American Indians. The City of Davenport, following up on a Certified Local Government grant, is looking to do a subsurface archeological investigation of the site. It is hoped that the data recovered can be used for a future National Register nomination.

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Washington, D.C. – July 6, 2012 - Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the City of Davenport will receive a $47,105 grant from the National Park Service for battlefield preservation.  The funding comes from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), and will be used to help preserve, protect, document and interpret America’s significant battlefield lands.  Davenport will receive funding for an archeological dig at Credit Island.

“Our nation’s battlefields are hallowed ground.  Preserving them ensures that the service and sacrifice of previous generations will never be forgotten,” said Loebsack.  “I am pleased that this funding is coming to Davenport for the archeological dig, and excited at the possibility of a National Register nomination, which would add to Davenport’s already rich cultural heritage and support economic development.  I am looking forward to seeing what they discover at the site.”

Credit Island is one of the westernmost battles of the War of 1812. It was on this island in 1814 that Brevet Major Zachary Taylor was defeated by British allied Sauk and Black Hawk American Indians. The City of Davenport, following up on a Certified Local Government grant, is looking to do a subsurface archeological investigation of the site. It is hoped that the data recovered can be used for a future National Register nomination.

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